Jordan Women’s Senior National Team takes on Algeria in two friendly matches in preparation for the upcoming AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2018, which Jordan hosts next April, where the National Team aims to book one of the five qualification tickets to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.
The first match is set to kickoff at 11:00 pm on Friday, June 16, at the Petra Training Field in Amman. While the second encounter will be held at the same place and timing on Monday, June 19.
The Algeria test games will be Michael Dickey’s first official matches as head coach of the National Team, which he considers a great opportunity to watch the team and individuals, and evaluate the work that has been done over the past four weeks of trainings in his charge.
Dickey commented: “The games against Algeria will be my first time to see the Women’s National team compete against another country live. It will also give us a chance to see if they are able to implement some of the concepts that we have been teaching the last 4 weeks.”
“It is very important for all National Team players to train on a consistent basis, but it is equally important to see how we compete as a team and how they respond to adversity. This is all part of our team building process leading up to the Word Cup qualifiers in April,” he said.
“I have been evaluating individuals since I arrived in Jordan, and will continue to do so during our camp. There is no guarantee that all players will play in the matches. We will make that determination while we are in camp. Ultimately we are looking for the players that are currently in the best form technically, physically, and mentally. The individuals who give Jordan the best chance to win and who help us create a team atmosphere,” he added.
Dickey concluded: “I am looking forward to coaching them. I love competing against other countries. I will be important to see how we are growing as a team. Look forward to seeing fans of Jordan out to support their team.”
Meanwhile, the Algerian Team arrived to Jordan on Wednesday, June 14, with a squad consisting of 21 players. On the other hand, Jordan’s squad for the friendly matches against Algeria consists of 24 players as follows:
Malak Shannak, Rand Al Bustanjee, Haya Khalil, Anfal Alsoufy, Aydah Alsoufy, Ayah Al Majali, Yasmeen Khair, Razan Zagha, Stephane Al Naber (C), Tasneem Abul Rob, Rand Jawdat, Luna Momani, Mai Sweilem, Shurouq Alshathli, Lama Alomari, Diana Soboh, Rouzbahan Fraij, Abeer Alnahar, Lana Feras, Enshirah Alhiasat, Leen Albtoush, Jana Abu Ghosh, Shahnaz Jibreen, Maysa Jbarah.
Jordan Women’s National Team staff includes head coach Michael Dickey, coach Maher Abu Hantash, goalkeepers coach Sameer Alrahhal, team manager Sawsan Al Hasaseen, fitness coach Shannon Grady, media official Yanal Malkosh, team doctor Dr. Juma Abu Thiab, physiotherapist Saja Abazeed, and kitman Maher Abdelhadi.